el·​der·​care ˈel-dər-ˌker How to pronounce eldercare (audio)
variants or elder care
: the care of older adults and especially the care of an older parent by a son or daughter

Examples of eldercare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As soon as women get their heads up from the waters of childcare duties, they’re often hit by another wave: eldercare. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2024 Biden’s top economic advisers rejected that claim Wednesday, saying instead that investments in affordable child care and eldercare would give more individuals opportunity to join the workforce. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 Fortune spoke to experts in the eldercare economy, asking them what adult children should keep in mind when helping a parent choose where to spend their golden years. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 4 Dec. 2023 And, over a quarter (28%) said they’d be swayed by subsidies or on-site alternatives for childcare or eldercare, which is probably unsurprising given the national average price of childcare is around $10,600 annually and the rapidly approaching childcare cliff fall-off. Jane Thier, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2023 But that requires adequate eldercare support to enable older citizens to remain as productive members of society for longer. Time, 18 Aug. 2023 Coverage will include dental, vision, hearing and eldercare — any medically necessary procedure — with no co-pays or monthly premiums. Northwest Indiana Medicare For All, Chicago Tribune, 11 Aug. 2023 Ensuring that Medicaid funding keeps pace with the cost of care so eldercare centers can offer competitive wages. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Nov. 2021 The government should provide technology grants and incentives to improve childcare and eldercare work and in the process make those jobs better paying. Ro Khanna, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eldercare was in 1960

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“Eldercare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eldercare. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or elder care
: the care of older adults (as by a son, daughter, or paid caregiver)
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